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>> the most definitive look at this shocking crime >> the major difficulty for the prosecution that there was no evidence >> al jazeera america presents lockerbie part one: the pan am bomber ings. >> this ising al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm tony harris, with a look at today's top stories . three people confirmed dead including the gunman after a 16 hour hostage crisis in australia. pushing for a palestinian state but israel says it won't be forced into anything. and the ten families connected to the sandy hook shooting file suit. they say the rifle used to kill 26 people should never have been available to the public.
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we begin in sydney where a 16 hour hostage crisis is now over. authorities say three people including the gunman were killed when police stormed a cafe in the heart of australia's largest city. four others including a police officer were hurt. the sydney police commissioner was asked why police officers moved in when they did. >> they played the call because they believed at that time if they didn't enter there would be many other lives lost. >> what had changed? >> well i think that events that were unfolding inside the premises led them to the belief that now was the time to actually deploy and they did. >> al jazeera's kim vanel has the story on the end of the standoff. >> hostages take their moment and run for their lives. moments later, police stormed
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central sydney cafe. one officer seems to throw a stun grenade then a flash explosion. paramedics were quickly there and ran towards the building. one woman could be seen being carried out. the siege began during monday morning rush hour. >> the woman was summoning police. she had the phone to her ear. three police on motorcycles arrived and some others on foot very quickly and she was telling me that she had gone to go inside the cafe and the glass sliding doors the automatic glass sliding doors that normally open that allow you into the cafe had been closed and shut. she thofd the cafe was shut, it's she saw a man inside with a blue bag and when she thought was a shotgun. >> on it reads there is only one god and mohamed is his messenger. police believe the hostage taker
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to be this man, man haron monis, he was known to have written letters to families of soldiers killed in are iran and syria. >> this pen is my gun and the paper is my bullets. >> described monis as politically motivate pend. >> this is a very disturbing incident. it is profoundly shocking that incident people should be hold -- innocent people should be hold hostage by a political motivation. >> 16 hour hostage drama drew to a close, australians no doubt shaneing bshaken by this, kim vl jazeera. >> backlash of muslim community
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in australia sparked a viral cialg social medisocial media a. >> twitter user offered to ride the bus with muslims too scared to ride loan. soon our ride, you can see some of the twitter traffic more than a thousand tweets per minute with messages like this one from dame maureen writing, if any muslim sisters in sydney need help i can help. >> this person put this note on her handbag, this gentleman here the same and this woman in indonesia writing, thanks for protecting my sisters #i'll ride with you.
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tony. >> suspects wanted in connection with six killings, the bodies were found in three toins in ton montgomery county. they have identified the suspect as bradley william stone. suspicion that stone was inside. >> the tactical team is moving very slow add methodically. i don't have any more information as far as specifics. they have seen some movement in the residence. it could be the suspect or someone else. they're not sure, they're not getting a response from that person so they're working backwards on this trying to get in touch with somebody then trying to make entry making sure that everyone inside is okay. >> all six victims were relatives of stone. palestinian negotiators are hoping to have the u.n. discuss a draft resolution, secretary of state john kerry met with the
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israeli prime minister this morning to smooth over relations before that meeting benjamin netanyahu dismissed the possibility of accepting a u.n. imposed deadline. nick schifrin is live for us in jerusalem. nick what came out of today's meeting? >> reporter: well tony clearly what u.s. officials are trying to do is come up in the words of one senior u.s. official i just spoakspoke to compromise langua. when it comes to these diplomacy language over the state, come up with language that they will accept. kerry is having the meeting with netanyahu, as well as arab foreign minister an european foreign minister. there is a lot of diplomacy, call for a rofnlings this week or -- resolution this week or at the end of the year. the israelis in response are absolutely against it, we heard
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prime minister benjamin netanyahu say the palestinian state is actually a security threat to israel. >> translator: i highly appreciate the efforts of the u.s. secretary to prevent deterioration in the region. i said at the meeting that the attempts of the palestinians andsome european countries will, we will fearsly oppose it. >> there is no love lost tony as you know between senior u.s. officials and netanyahu but they are on the same page regarding quote, unilaterall unilateral m. >> what has israel so concerned?
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>> basically, israel says that this is a security risk to them. that they do not want the see a palestinian state period, most israelis say but they don't want to see a palestinian state created out of the u.n. what a lot of people are trying to did is create momentum to create that palestinian state. there are a couple of resolutions a few resolutionest being discussed both security council and glig general genera. there is a french resolution that would call for two state solution by the end of two years. what the u.s. is trying to figure out how to do is what i can do and how to, quote, avert disaster in the words of one u.s. official. what the u.s. is trying to avoid is be seen vee together this, they don't want to piss off arab
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governments, trying to figure out what he can get but absolutely, no doubt about it, there is now mowment a momentume u.n. and internationally for some kind of resolution for some kind of discussion about this at the security council. >> nick schifrin, at the u.n, thank you. what a draft looks like and let's bring in our diplomatic editor james bays at the u.n. what do these proposals stand now? >> talking to the palestinians about going to the u.n. security council and setting a date for the under of the negotiations, ever since mahmoud abbas came to the general assembly. it's not palestinians who actually do it in new york or the u.n. it has to be a member of the security council. palestine is not a member of the
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u.n. yet let alone a member of the security council. they rely on the current arab member of the security council the jordanians. we basically had the palestinian ambassador come to the press and say yes we're going to the security council on wednesday. moments later he walked to the cameras and the jordanian ambassador walked to the cameras, we said, what is happening on wednesday? she said i don't know. the palestinians haven't informed me. the jordannians would actually have to do that. >> wow. james, the u.n. envoy would say these wouldn't rr substitute for peace talks. >> the way they were sitting down in the past in fact i've just come back from a lunch with the palestinian ambassador he's making it quite clear he doesn't think that era of face-to-face
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negotiations with the u.s. as the peace broker is going anywhere. he says we're in a new multilateral era, he says more countries, not just the u.s., yes, the u.s. should play a key role but not just the europeans or the palestinians, a new international peace conference to set off this whole new procedure, the french particularly want that conference to take place in paris, of course, the big problem in the road, that you have ahead is those israeli elections. making it very hard to see how an israeli government could attend such a peace conference in this election campaign period. >> our diplomatic editor james bays, at united nations, good to see you. the $1.1 trillion bill is waiting for president obama's signature. while it will keep the government open and funded, there are provisions in the bill
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that are pretty unpopular. lisa stark is live for us in washington. >> 1600 pages plenty of room to pack in provisions. you probably heard about some of the more controversial parts of this bill. it allows deep pocket donors to give even more money to political committees and it also does away with a key new financial regulation that would have reined in the big banks. provisions we can't tell you about most of them. here are just a few. congress says the government cannot move forward on endangered species destination fodesignationfor the sage grous. they want to explore in the bished'burden's happen at that . school lunch program a favorite of michelle obama's. may be able to opt out of whole grain requirements for pasta and tortillas. farmers won't have to worry
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about greenhouse gas regulations on manure or clean water rules for their farm ponds or their irrigation ditches. second amendment defenders are celebrating the bill prohibits regulation of lead in a ammunition. and a win also for the trucking industry. it blocks new rules on truck driver fatigue. and thank you to congress you will still be able to get your mail on saturday. any government official who wants an official portrait of him or herself to hang in their office they will have to pay for it themselves and the vice president will not be getting a raise. representative hal rogers is the head of the appropriation is committee, says that this bill roots out waste and abuse and reins in bureaucratic overreach. a very different view from the head of public citizen. robert wiseman says, it's cronyism and insider deal making that has the public so disgusted
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with washington. what the lawmakers really wanted to do was pass a bill get out of town and prevent a government shutdown. they succeed in doing that. >> lisa stark, in washington. prosecutors filed a case against private first class joseph scott pemberton. are accused of killing jeffrey laws, also known as jennifer. condemning the killing and demanding his arrest, pemberton is detained under u.s. custody under visiting forces agreement. sandy hook shootings, the families said the company used for killing 20 children and six adults are at fault. ♪
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>> families of nine victims of the sandy hook massacre today sued the company that built the gun adam lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults. the gun was used for military use and they say should not have been sold to the public. roxana saberi has the story. roxana. >> nine families are now suing the company that manufactured distributed and sold the gun he used. the families say it was marketed to civilians even though the companies knew how dangerous it could be in the wrong hands. 26 people died in less than five minutes. now two years later families of nine of the victims are filing anan unusual challenge, claiming adam lanza wouldn't have killed so many people if he hadn't had this kind of rifle, mushmaster
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ar 15. the distribute oar and river view gun sales. it's now closed branches where lanza's mom bought the rifle in 2010. >> i have about 2,000 rounds through it. >> the lawsuit says the ar 15 was designed as a military weapon but the defendants have marketed and sold the gun to civilians. the suit allegation in order to continue profiting from the sale of ar 15s defendants chose to disregard the unreasonable terrific rifle posed outside of specialized highly regulated institutions like the armed forces and law enforcement. some of the families appeared at this news conference to curb gun violence. >> this is going to take time but it's worth it because every day that we proceed is hopefully another life saved. and that's the goal to keep focused on. >> if you don't have one of these your home is really not complete. >> reporter: bud according to a recent nationwide survey
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public opinion is increasingly turning against stronger controls on guns. for first time in more than two decades the pew research center show that more americans support gun ownership rights over gun control. this marks a big shift since just after the newtown shooting. the families say without controls on guns like this they will keep landing in the hands of criminals and people mentally unstable. monetary and punitive damages reach out to the three main companies named in the lawsuit but none responded. >> thank you roxana. jamesy floyd, good to see you -- jamie floyd, good to see you. tell me why the story is so compelling. >> we had the lost of life and
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what we thought was a sea change the gun control. in fact in some jurisdictions there has been a reactionary result, increased 74th support of guns. it's one thing ogo put flowers and candles and have a vigil every year. it's quite another thing to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the weapon that killed your baby. >> this whole idea of keeping the story alive and putting pressure we're we were talking about this on the politicians in washington. there have been some laws passed in connecticut but there hasn't been real national legislation. >> the 24th month is the last one in which they can file this lawsuit. to i think the families might tell you, we waited as long as we could for our national leaders to take national action. and nothing has happened and so this is what we're going to do to try and get the public's
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attention. and by the way maybe our lawsuit will be successful. they might say to you. >> right, so what is the claim being made here in this lawsuit? >> well they're saying wrongful death and negligence. >> wrongful death? >> caused by your rifle, manufactured by you and sold by your store, the three defendants just famed in our piece and that's a really old legal concept, wrongful death but you've got to have something in law called causation. >> yes. >> if i sue you, you have to be the cause of my pain and suffering. there can't be a lot of intervening actors. there can't be the mother who procured the gun. there can't be the mental illness of the young man. >> right, right. >> and then the young man himself as an intervene being actor. they are going to say it's somewhat compelling that the manufacturer should know that this kind of weapon is going to
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fall into the hands of mentally ill young men or maybe just young people that want to do horrible things in public places. it's happened over and over again. they've had warning and originally tony this gun was manufactured for the military not the public. >> isn't that the point here? maybe that's the underlying principle that's going to be argued here. this gun -- >> and papers -- >> was never mend to be distributed to the public right? >> this was for military and colt, the original manufacturer pulled it into the public arena and now this manufacturer and many other manufacturers, although they are focusing on the manufacturer of this weapon, they want all manufacturers to sit up and take notice that we are filing suit. and if they were to win that would be a huge warning notice for all future mass shootings. but it's a big if because i think they have a very high bar.
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>> okay, do you think, that's the question, yeah if they were to get into court and to win, it would be huge. do we get this case into a court somewhere? >> they are in court somewhere. the question is will the judge let them move forward? the very first thing the defense attorney does is called a motion for summary judgment. let's not get too technical. you say motion for summary judgment. you say to the judge, judge, there's no case here because the facts are compelling. it's sad, we feel for the plaintiffs, the babies who died we feel about this issue but it needs to go to coming. because here in the state -- to congress because here in the state of the law there is no case given way the law is currently written. >> anything like this, precedent like this? >> no. this is first lawsuit of its kind. i've been working on gun control for 20 years. it's a very courageous lawsuit. the first lawsuit of its kind. i've consulted with a few other
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attorneys in that area, they had a clinton aid who worked on gun control back in the day, they have michael jackson's lawyers who worked on the case after he died. they are well prepared to go forward but i just don't know that the law is on their side put they are pushing on public policy as well so they may be able to do something on that front. >> jamie floyd, al jazeera legal contributor with us. pretty compelling case. falling oil prices are blamed again for another day of losses on wall street. the dow was down 100 points, that's about as close to 100 as you can get. the s&p 500 loss 13 points and the nasdaq lost more than 48 points. a good amount of food is thrown out, even though it's perfectly good. a supermarket in london hopes to use some of that to help.
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phil lavelle reports. >> a whole chicken. this beef down from six pounds to 1. the whole lot in fact for little over five dollars. special offer? no. standard fare at a new type of supermarket. trying to battle food waste and food poverty. 50 million tons of supermarket food ends up in the bin in the u.k. every year. bypassing checkout for chuck out. even throw it's perfectly fine to eat. the box may be damaged, the store may have overorderred. most of it will go to social supermarkets like this one and be resold for next to nothing. the promise of cheap food will always lure people in. but the door will remain firmly closed to all but members. members have to meet requirements. first of all they have to live
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if an area classed by the government as deprived. secondly, they have to receive some benefit like income support. and a development program which is effectively a number of classes run by this place on debt management confidence building and how to apply for jobs. on top of that the membership will not last forever. we are talking six months max. after that time it has to be reviewed to see if somebody else needs it more. >> if they're motivated, this is the place. if they are only looking at cheap food there are other places without needing intervention. >> it is based here in london, a trial store proved so popular in northern england that 20 more are due to open their doors. and mayis may m- mavis is a reg.
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>> 40% of apples are wasted as for bananas 20% are never eaten and nearly half of its bakery goods end up in the bin. most of this stuff will be sold to social supermarkets for pennys and then to customers for little more. putting food on plates and smile on faces, phil lavelle, al jazeera, london. police say the man who took over a dozen hostages act ed alone. we return to ferguson, missouri to look at why black individuals feel targeted by law enforcement.
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>> we are learning more today about the gunman at the center of a hospital ata hostage stand. four people including a police officer were hurt. as andrew potter explains now, the gunman has been on the police's radar for some time. >> i write to you to offer my condolences for the loss of a member of your family. >> self proclaimed, man haron monis. ,. >> i have got you patience for that bad incident. >> it wasn't the only one between 2007 and 2009, monis sent letters just like its to
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several families. they outraged the australian public. monis was charged and convicted but his campaigning continued. here he stands outside another court wearing chains, claiming to be tortured in prison. no stranger to the courts, came to australia as a refugee, at the time of the siege he was facing charges of being a accessory to the measured of his wife. then charges of indecent and sexual assault. self proclaimed spiritual healer. sentenced to 300 hours of community service and put on a two year good behavior bond. monis always claimed the letters were purely political and intended for the families to oppose the war. his appeal was thrown out last friday three days before the
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siege began. andrew potter, al jazeera. >> before we go to our guest we want to take to you this live event happening right now, australian prime minister tony abbott are pres press conferencs tune in. >> our heart goes out to all of those caught up in this appalling incident. to all australians i extend my sympathy to the families of the two hostages who died overnight. these events do demonstrate that even country as free as open as generous and as safe as ours is vulnerable to acts of politically motivated violence. but they also remind us that australia and australians are
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resilient and we are ready to respond. now, i do intend to go to sydney early in the afternoon, to be further briefed by new south wales police and other security agencies. i also intend to say thank you, as best i can in person, to new south wales police officers and others involved in this appalling incident. i'll do more media then and i'll take questions at that time. when we do have a better idea of exactly what has happened. plainly there are lessons to be learned and we will thoroughly examine this incident to decide what lessons can be learned. but i do want, now, in the hours immediately after the conclusion of the siege, to offer these words of comfort to those caught up in it and reinsurance t rease
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australian people. >> australian prime minister tony abbott. i want to bring in my guest, fred burdon, former counterterrorism agent with the u.s. state department. good to have you on the program fred. what does your experience tell you about this kind of attack? it appears to be a lone wolf attack. we'll certainly learn more in the days to come and i think we heard from the prime minister there that it play have been a politically motivated as well. >> these are the kinds of cases that would be characterize catet would be well-known to the police, but not so much in the hands of the intelligence services. so in essence that's the
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challenge and dealing with lone wolves is trying to assess who on any given daip coul day coulo exactly what has just taken place. so it really becomes an analysis problem for the australian federal police in essence working hand in glove with the local police to try to evaluate persons just like this to predict future behavior. >> fred, does its come as a surprise to you at all that this attack happened in sydney? good no, it wasn't surprised in the least. we've seen lone wolf attacks inside the united states with major hasan at fort hood, we have seen them in the u.k. with the beheading of the soldier and we've seen it with the lone wolf attack in canada. if i'm in the australian police it would be only a period of time before one of these events manifested itself.
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>> what do you see going forward in the next few days in the intelligence community in australia? >> these are the kinds of challenges that the security services struggle with. if you look at the history of lone wolf attacks going back to for example the mckinley assassination in the united states, throughout the course of history, predominantly targeted on political figures, such as sirhan sirhan's shooting of rfk, and daly plaza shooting, it's very, very difficult to get in front of or identify lone actors. if this was an al qaeda plot the australian federal police would have thwarted it ahead of time.
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>> counterterrorism agent with the u.s. state department. thank you. protesters in oakland california, locking themselves to a banner, chained themselves to each other at nearby intersections and one person can a haind hymns to th chained himf a flag pole. protests like these have been a common occurrence since a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot michael brown. other similar cases. >> while officials promises the community that justice would be done we began hearing stories about other police shootings in the area. shootings where the case never went before a grand jury and where the officers involved were exonerated. shootings that had barely made the news.
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>> who wrote that there? >> probably one of kerry's friends. >> in april 2013 st. louis police tried to pull over 25-year-old kerry board jr. i fled if scene first in his car and then on foot. two officers chased him in pursuit. >> at that point he had a gun in his hand and the police say he was pointing at them. >> the police say, allegedly they say. the witnesses say the gun was on the ground. >> he dropped the gun and he turned around with his hands in the air. >> trying to explain it, points the gun bang bang bang bang bang bang. it wasn't a bang bang thing, stop through the gun hands up then he was shot. >> kerry never fired a shot and the lawyers tell us none of the ten witnesses questioned say
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kerry pointed a gun at one of the officers. kerry was struck at least 21 times. ballistic evidence shows that the police kept shooting as they stood over him. >> come on back. >> this one is rather -- >> yes, that one here. >> you need that one down there. >> this is from where the officer's weapons were pointing -- >> straight down. >> that went through kerry's body. >> the st. louis police department cleared the officers of any wrongdoing. an fbi review agreed with their findings. we requested comment from the police regarding kerry's case but received no response. in the wake of mike brown carlos and his family are helping for an independent investigation. the police would say you could still pose a threat if you're on the ground. it doesn't matter if you are down. you can still kill a police
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officer. >> okay so he's down, you have four shots in him now is he still a threat? shoot hymn four more times that's eight. is he still a threat, shoot him four or five more times after that that's 12. now you're deliberating now, now you have time think about what you're doing. after four or five shots yeah caught up in the moment but the continuing onslaught of the shots mean you're thinking. you have time to think time to deliberate time to stand down. >> sebastian walker joins us from san francisco. sebastian good to see you. how many cases similar to kerry's have you heard about? >> during the course of making this documentary we made a number of trips to the st. louis area and we had some of the most remarkable aspects of covering this story is the more time we spent in those communities the more and more stories you begin to hear of people who have relatives or friends who have died at the hands of police. it seems to be something that is
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happening anecdotally pretty regularly in that part of missouri. we met one young man who had three relatives cild b killed by police, three close relatives. days after the michael brown shooting, there is another young african american male who was shot dead by police, the case of kajami powell. it actually happened while we were out filming, the case of von derek miles, in the st. louis city area. it's definitely something that happens in this part of the state. i think for community the big question is accountability. and our investigation showed that there had been nearly 50 officer-involved shootings in the st. louis county area in the last ten years. out of all of those not one led to an officer indictment. >> sebastian i'm wondering were you able to talk to any police
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from ferguson or other municipalities? >> we requested interviews from the ferguson police department, the st. louis county police department the st. louis city police department, all of those police departments declined our requests for an interview. there were press conferences where we attended and managed to get questions in to police cheefs who were there but nobody would sit down with us and explain the backgrounds of these cases and these other shootings. there was one municipality called hazelwood. it was interest, in a ride along, he didn't have a sense there was even a disparity amongst the number of people he stopped even though the data showed there was a significant disproportionality with the number of stops of african american in his municipality. doesn't seem to be something that enters into the consciousness of the officer at the ground level. >> what is your take away about so many people concerned about
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their own police departments? >> it's not the police shootings. it is the sort of day-to-day interactions that people have with law enforcement. miment systems, found this seen where -- municipal systems, people are brought to pay fines on a regular basis, revenue that needs these small municipalities, the number of people stopped by police on a regular basis. the fact that there is a large disproportion of those, needs into this perception that there's a different law for african americans and it really fuels a lot of the resentment that fueled the feeling on the street as we were there. >> you don't have to be there long to hear those stories from african americans that they feel targeted for these petty offenses to rake in dollars for the municipalities.
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sebastian, good to see you, thanks. for more on the tension surrounding ferguson, check out the fault line special, it's airing at 9:00 p.m. police in hong kong cleared the last remaining protest site, a quiet end to more than two months of demonstrations. public transportation resumed in the busy shopping district. despite the pleas the hong kong government gave no substantial concessions. in today's power politics there are growing signs that the former florida governor jeb bush will pursue the 2016 presidential nomination. ds idavid schuster is here. david. >> formal announcement in the next few weeks, jeb bush gave a revealing interview in florida
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this week, listen carefully. >> as i've thought about, am i capable of running and serving and in the eight years i got serve as governor it reminded me that in spite of what appears to be the case here in this current environment in washington you can do big things if you set the stage in a campaign and then move forward. >> jeb bush. you can do big things if you set the stage and then move forward. as part of that potential campaign bush said he will soon release all 250,000 e-mails from his time as governor and a policy laiden e-book that he has already begun working on. his terms not doing this has been his life colomba. here is what bush says about her views now.
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>> she's on board. she's a normal person not a political wife or political spouse. she didn't wake up reading politico.com or something like that. that's why i love her. she's my balance, she really is my source of convenientit seren. >> bush says she's on board. bush friends and strategists say they expect a kickoff early next year. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren may not be able to get away from those who want her to reconsider her running. petition urging her to launch a presidential campaign. last week 300 former obama staffers signed a petition urging her to run. citibank writing a key provision of the spending bill has been watched on youtube more than
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300,000 times. >> here we are five years after dodd frank with congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for middle class. do nothing for community banks. do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again. >> in that speech warren then addressed citibank's claims that the existing financial reformation congress passed five years ago are flawed. >> let me say this to anyone who is listening at citi: i agree with you dodd frank isn't perfect. it should have broken you into pieces. >> wow! >> warren's focus on breaking up wall street could be campaign goaled from a democratic campaign. the question now is whether hillary clinton if she runs embraces or is willing to co-opt
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warren's political campaigns. shift to the left could be difficult. senate intelligence committees criticism of central intelligence agency, former vice president dick cheney appeared on the sunday shows and defended the cia's use of water boarding. >> we weren't violating the law and the law as interpreted by the justice department the office of counsel is very clear, authorized that produced results that gave us the information that we needed to safeguard the nation against further attacks and to be able to track down those guilty for 9/11 did in fact work. >> the cia director says it isn't clear if the information came because of enhanced intrairginterrogation techniquee used. this is the final day for obama coverage, string of television ads including this
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one. >> it was actually much easier to reenroll than to enroll last year. they already had a user profile, we could skip all that and skip to the plan displ. >> did underarmou rferg paour pe ads? >> giving controversial drug to everyone who fills a painkiller prescription.
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>> the veterans health administration is considering a radical program to stem the tide of drug overdose among military veterans. the plan involves handing out a prescription with every opiate painkiller prescribed. jake ward, joins us, why is the va getting evolved of involved
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in handing it out? >> that's right tony. an organization as massive and traditional as the veterans administration, the opiate overdose problem is truly out of control. it really doesn't take much conversation with any veteran, especially those veterans in the grip of addiction to really bring this point home. this veteran who asks we call him by his nickname says he has been addicted to opiates for most of his life. >> shooting heroin is like putting a band-aid. >> similar risk of death by overdose. and that's where the veterans administration has a massive problem. 50% of its patients seek help for chronic pain. and that has the va the largest prescribe are of opiate painkillers. 80% of the world's prescription
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opiates and that makes the va the largest prescriber for over 16,000 overdoses a year. a group is developing a program that would give any veteran at risk of abusing opiates, another drug as well. narcan or nalaxone. it can temporarily reduce an overdose whether from heroin or pills. >> acute pain, since the 1990s painkillers like this have been prescribed as a standard means of treating chronic long term pain. and the alternative therapies available at pain clinics are more expensive and harder to come by. >> only 50% of the people who come to va has chronic pain condition. if every single one of them has to go to a multidisciplinary
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pain clinic that is a lot of treatment you have to provide. >> since the va has not been able to cut the number of overdoes, narcan is a last ditch crisis benefit tool. >> this is like an epipen, something wouldn't be bad to have just in case of emergencies. >> the drug that comes from the va can sometimes lead people into heroin. >> yes but that certainly doesn't reduce our, you know, our need to protect people. >> for boston a nationwide narcan praan program can't arrit enough. >> they were also fathers and they were brothers and they were sons and best friends and to lose somebody like that because the government hasn't come around yet, it's ridiculous.
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>> tony what's so extraordinary about this is you talk to people who sort of have spent their addicted lives going back and forth between opiates and heroin. it's extraordinary that the va has acknowledged as frankly as it is, it doesn't just have an opiate problem but a heroin problem, to help those people at whatever cost. >> all right jake ward, in san francisco, jake thank you. sony pictures is warning news organizations to stop publishing details gathered in a hack attack. embarrassing e-mails, financial information, a group called guardians of peace took responsibility, wants sony to stop the release of the movie called the interview about the plot to assassinate north korean leader kim jong-un. attention grabbing graffiti
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bringing light to a lot of social issues. ines is back with that. >> hotel i'm ray suarez. if you drive a lot, you just got a discount on gas, bun you may foretell pain hear it, the falling price of oil from what you buy to what you pay to fear in foreign capitals and throughout global markets. join us live at the top of the hour.
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>> beyond the verdict and on the streets >> there's been another teenager shot and killed by the
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police >> a fault lines special investigation >> there's a general distrust of this prosecutor >> courageous and in depth... >> it's a target you can't get rid of... >> the untold story... >> who do you protect? >> ...of what's really going on in ferguson >> they were so angry because it could have been them >> fault lines, ferguson: race and justice in the u.s. one hour special only on al jazeera america >> an anonymous indian artists is being compared to the elusive british artist banksi. ines is back with us on that. ines. >> tony, we're not sure whether it's one artist or a group of them who are responsible for the "guess who." you might recognize some of the
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people there, marilyn monroe, john le lennon and ronald mcdon, and kffc -- >> colonel sanders. >> and michael jackson, and some of the artists you see here are van gogh, dalyis dali. and picasso. also guess who wants to stay anonymous because saying that artwork should be about the work itself not the artist. and this graffiti has been popping up since 2012, tony. couple of years ago. but it's only recently that it's gone viral. >> that's good, good stuff. yeah yeah yeah, okay. and banksy has done pretty good,
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remaining anonymous right? all right ines, thank you. that's all of our time with this news hour, i'm tony harris. "inside story" with ray suarez is next on al jazeera america. >> come on, admit it. you felt pretty good when you were filling up your tank over the weekend. with gas at prices you haven't seen since the country emerged at the reception. is this a shroud with the dark lining? this is "inside story." hello, i'm ray

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